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Super Bowl I

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Super Bowl I was the first Super Bowl, the championship of American football. The game was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

The score was Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10.

What is now called Super Bowl I did not originally bear the name "Super Bowl." The AFL-NFL World Championship Game occurred between the champions of the two American football leagues of the time, the National Football League and the American Football League, which are now all part of the modern National Football League. There was much animosity between the two rival leagues, with both leagues putting pressure on the champions of their respective leagues to trounce the opposing team to prove each league's dominance over the sport of football.

Super Bowl I was the only Super Bowl in history that was not a sell-out in terms of attendance. Because of this, the game, which was televised by both CBS and NBC, was blacked out in the Los Angeles area. There is no known existing copy of the first Super Bowl, as both networks eventually taped over their copies. Television and sports archivists remain on the lookout.

The CBS broadcast had Ray Scott, Jack Whitaker and Frank Gifford. Curt Gowdy and Paul Christman commented the game on NBC.

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Playoffs

The Packers faced the Dallas Cowboys at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on January 1, 1967 for the NFL Championship. The score was close throughout the game; by the third quarter, the Cowboys trailed the Packers by one point, 21-20. Towards the end of the fourth quarter, the Cowboys were down 34-27 with the ball. On second down from the Packers' 22-yard line, Green Bay's Tom Brown was called for pass interference on Cowboys receiver Frank Clarke, putting the ball on the 2-yard line with 1:52 remaining in the game. However, the Packer defense kept the Cowboys out of the end zone for three downs and on fourth down, Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith threw an interception in the end zone with 28 seconds remaining, securing the Packers' victory, 34-27.

In the AFL Championship, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills, 31-7, in Buffalo.

The game

The Green Bay Packers, led by quarterback Bart Starr jumped out to an early 7-0 lead with a touchdown pass to backup wide receiver Max McGee. McGee was filling in for Boyd Dowler who was hurt early in the game. McGee later indicated that he said spent the previous night out on the town, was in no condition to play the game and was counting on not playing that day. Despite this, McGee ended up being the hero of the game, catching seven passes for 138 yards with two touchdowns. During the season, McGee had only caught a total of four passes for 91 yards.

During the second quarter, the Chiefs attempted to keep the game close, scoring 10 points. Their only touchdown came on a 7-yard pass from quarterback Len Dawson to Curtis McClinton. However, coming back from halftime, the Packers put the game out of reach, scoring two more touchdowns in the third quarter and then putting the capper in the end zone during the fourth.

Starr was named the Super Bowl MVP for throwing 16 of 23 for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Scoring Summary

  • GB - McGee 37 pass from Starr (Chandler kick)
  • KC - McClinton 7 pass from Dawson (Mercer kick)
  • GB - Taylor 14 run (Chandler kick)
  • KC - FG Mercer 31
  • GB - Pitts 5 run (Chandler kick)
  • GB - McGee 13 pass from Starr (Chandler kick)
  • GB - Pitts 1 run (Chandler kick)

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I 1967 | II 1968 | III 1969 | IV 1970 | V 1971 | VI 1972 | VII 1973 | VIII 1974 | IX 1975 | X 1976

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